Fayetteville, GA, August 23, 2021 — Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) will present a Life Coaching Webinar on October 6, at 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET and at 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET on Zoom. Certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer, and coach Sean Hall will lead the webinar.

WDA reports that the webinar will include one hour of training, a breakout group, and Q&A. The webinar will provide a broad overview of life coaching as a means of building intentional relationships that produce sustained growth and transformed lives.

Registration is now open for free and will close on October 4. Tickets can be booked online at wdaleadershipinstitute.com.

“My entire life has changed for the better as a result of [Sean’s] mentorship and coaching,” said Trey Roth, regarding Sean Hall’s impact and effectiveness as a life coach. “I would not be the person or professional I am today without his significant, positive impact. I respect and trust Sean to no end.”

Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) is an interdenominational Christian ministry whose mission is to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others like Jesus. WDA has been serving the metro-Atlanta area since 1974.

 

Media Contacts
Worldwide Discipleship Association
Jordan Stafford (Marketing Coordinator)
770-460-1337
www.disciplebuilding.org/
Or contact Jennifer McClin (Director of Generosity)

Fayetteville, GA, August 21, 2021 — Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) and Restoring Your Heart (RYH) plan to host a free talk on “How To Release True Forgiveness” on August 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET on Facebook Live. The Director of Restoring Your Heart Indonesia, Ellen Patricia, will host the event.

WDA reports that the Facebook Live talk will include information on how to get past forgiveness roadblocks, the psychology and science of forgiveness, and how Restoring Your Heart ministries can help with the forgiveness process. Join online on the RYH Facebook page.

Restoring Your Heart offers a series of safe, small group experiences for those who desire freedom from emotional hurt and unprocessed pain. The ministry is delivered through the church and other organizations via trained leaders who facilitate safe, gender-specific small groups to their congregation and surrounding community. RYH was developed by Jack Larson, an Atlanta-based pastor, and a team of theologians, mental health professionals, and lay leaders who collaborated to produce workbooks and group experiences geared toward helping individuals process past pain, understand emotions, and conquer shame. Restoring Your Heart is a ministry of Worldwide Discipleship Association.

“This free live talk about forgiveness is so important in the age we’re living in, where so many of us are dealing with high emotional stress and pain stemming not only from our childhoods but from current events as well,” said Jennifer McClin, WDA’s Director of Generosity. “Most of us do not realize the level at which we are personally affected by our own inability to forgive others. We often think of forgiveness as releasing a person that we’re angry with, but, in actuality, it releases us and empowers us to grow, heal, and become more whole and loving human beings. I have personally experienced this release and the unexpected sense of freedom and love that was delivered through forgiving someone who hurt me years ago. I’m so glad that WDA can offer a free discussion on this important topic so that people can internalize these concepts.”

Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) is an interdenominational Christian ministry whose mission is to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others like Jesus. WDA has been serving the metro Atlanta area since 1974.

Media Contacts
Worldwide Discipleship Association
Jordan Stafford (Marketing Coordinator)
770-460-1337
www.disciplebuilding.org/
Or contact Jennifer McClin (Director of Generosity)

 

Fayetteville, GA, August 21, 2021 — Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) announced today that new fall Cohort Groups are opening on its Leadership Institute learning platform. There will be nine new cohort groups opening for registration, with three cohorts beginning September 2021, two cohorts beginning January 2022, two cohorts beginning February 2022, and two cohorts beginning May 2022.

WDA reports that the cohort groups are designed to be used in conjunction with its Developing New Leaders I certification course, and that the weekly cohort meetings reinforce and expand on the course content. The Developing New Leaders I course includes 50 lessons on Biblical topics such as the Sermon on the Mount, spiritual warfare, and leading small groups. Register online on the WDA Leadership Institute website.

The Leadership institute is a leadership development pathway designed to develop mature leaders who reproduce themselves through a progressive discipleship model. Courses are relationship-driven and application-based. Each course combines short videos, articles, guided discussions, and group activities to progressively develop the character, skills, and habits required of mature disciple building leaders for the church today.

“I believe these upcoming Developing New Leaders cohort groups will be an exciting opportunity to train new leaders around the world,” said Nathan Harkness, WDA’s Director of International Ministries and the WDA Leadership Institute Director. “We are committed to starting small, pairing our students with our best WDA leaders for 50 weeks of intentional leadership development. We’ve seen so many lives changed already through these groups as our students learn about leadership by discipling others and walking through an intentional growth process in their lives. We can’t wait to hear the many testimonies of lives changed through the WDA Leadership Institute!”

Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) is an interdenominational Christian ministry whose mission is to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others like Jesus. WDA has been serving the metro-Atlanta area since 1974.

 

Media Contacts
Worldwide Discipleship Association
Jordan Stafford (Marketing Coordinator)
770-460-1337
www.disciplebuilding.org/
Or contact Jennifer McClin (Director of Generosity)

 

 

“He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners.” 
                                                                                                                                                                                                   – Isaiah 51:1

In 2007, I was on the brink of ending my life.

I experienced sexual abuse and I was suffering from depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, and sex addiction. But God called me for a mission. He showed me a vision where I was standing in front of hundreds of young people sharing my testimony of God’s faithfulness and how He took me out of my dire situation. The culmination of this vision happened in 2017 – a decade after my suicide attempt.

It was a year of breakthroughs as I started giving talks in different schools around Metro Manila in the Philippines. It was also the same year that God led me to Worldwide Discipleship Association. After one event, I met Rich Smith, a WDA missionary to the Philippines. We talked about our ministries and he introduced me to Restoring Your Heart. That was when the Lord gave me another vision – reaching the brokenhearted, lost, and captive women in society, not only in the Philippines but around the world. 

Then came 2020: Pandemic Year. After going through Restoring Your Heart lessons, Lee asked me to be part of WDA as their Associate Staff in the Philippines. When I said yes to WDA, I said yes to God’s calling. In February 2020, I became a part of WDA, then in March 2020, the pandemic spread all over the world. At the moment when we thought our ministries would fail, the Lord surfaced above us. WDA Leadership Institute started its online classes and I participated both as a student and a facilitator. The opportunity to lead RYH online brought me delight. At first, people were hesitant since everyone was adjusting to the situation, but eventually, we were able to form groups online and finish Processing Pain and Understanding Emotions during the pandemic.

Currently, I have four groups and three of them are online. Two groups are currently waiting for their leadership training, while the other two are in Understanding Emotions. God appointed me to lead groups for the women leaders of Open Door Baptist Church, the staff of Fresh Hope for Families, WDA women leaders in India, and college students supported by St. Mark Foundation. The Lord turned this pandemic around for me because of these women.

I ended up choosing Understanding Emotions: Lesson 4 – Feeling, Thinking, and Acting. I have a soft spot for this lesson because I can relate so much to it. We all want to process old pain so that we can have better actions. 

While we were going through Lesson 4, one member shared:

“When I was a child, I let my brothers and their friends sexually abuse me even if I didn’t like it. Now that I have a boyfriend, I easily give in to sexual pleasure because my body is seeking it. I know that it’s wrong to have sexual relationships before marriage, but I justify it by saying that at least I am experiencing from someone that I trust and not from someone who is abusing me. I feel loved when I have sexual contact with my boyfriend. I know it’s wrong, I confessed it to God and I’m ready to face the consequences of my actions. Because of this lesson, I now understand where my actions are coming from, and I will do my best to reframe my thoughts and feelings. I want to be fully committed to God and be busy with the ministries in the church so that I won’t be tempted. I might have been abused by my brothers, but I don’t want my behavior pattern to be based on my childhood pains.”

As I recall this recording, I shed tears for these ladies. The Lord knows where my foot is treading, He is leading me to these women – women with the same experiences as mine. The Lord has orchestrated these ladies to be part of the groups that He appointed me. Exactly as He cast in His vision for me, “reaching the brokenhearted, lost and captive women in the society, not only in the Philippines but around the world.” Every time we have RYH, I know that the room (even online) is filled with the Holy Spirit. I cannot speak and encourage without Him. The Lord has reassured these ladies, that no matter how sinful, dirty or unworthy they think they are, the Lord still sees them as His precious daughters. 

Dear reader, as you browse through this RYH Moment, I want you to hear God’s message for you right now. You are who you are for a reason. No matter what pains, losses, or mistakes you have gone through in this life, God has a purpose for you. You may not like what happened to you, but please know that the Lord is with you all the way. Even during times that you feel so far from Him, never once did he leave you nor forsake you. Now, let Him reign in your life. 

 

 

About The Author

Mabuhay! My name is Reign Astorga Bucsit, a Filipina, residing in Bulacan, the Philippines with my daughter and mother. I am a licensed Social Worker, public speaker, and children’s rights advocate. My scope of work is in Metro Manila and provinces in the northern part of the Philippines. 

 

Fayetteville, GA, July 31, 2021 — Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) is hosting a virtual launch party for its new Leadership Institute learning platform on August 13 at 9:45 a.m. ET on Facebook Live. WDA’s Director of International Ministries, Nate Harkness, will emcee the launch party event.

WDA reports that the launch party will include course teasers, instructor commissioning, course discounts and deals, and student testimonies. Join online on the WDA Facebook page.

The Leadership institute is a leadership development pathway designed to develop mature leaders who reproduce themselves through a progressive discipleship model. Courses are relationship-driven and application-based. Each course will combine short videos, articles, guided discussions, and group activities to progressively develop the character, skills, and habits required of mature disciple building leaders for the church today. According to Nate Harkness, WDA’s Director of International Ministries, the Leadership Institute’s instructional model is unique because it is patterned directly after Christ’s progressive development approach with the twelve disciples.

“Discipleship is a word that is overused and misunderstood in the church,” said Harkness. “People think discipleship is just about ‘getting involved’ in church, attending a class, or serving in a local ministry. But when you study the ministry of Christ, you see a group of immature disciples walk through a step-by-step process with Jesus and eventually become pillars of the church. WDA has been working to develop an answer to this crisis and what emerged was the Leadership Institute.”

Worldwide Discipleship Association (WDA) is an interdenominational Christian ministry whose mission is to serve the church worldwide by developing Christ-like character in people and equipping them to disciple others like Jesus. WDA has been serving the metro-Atlanta area since 1974.

 

Media Contacts
Worldwide Discipleship Association
Jordan Stafford (Marketing Coordinator)
770-460-1337
www.disciplebuilding.org/
Or contact Jennifer McClin (Director of Generosity)